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Low Stanger Seeds Trial - Final Update

Low Stanger Farm: Our seed trials are drawing to a close, although we are still harvesting the trial carrots, and have yet to harvest any of the sprouts. The tomatoes are almost over, unusually we have not yet had a killing frost. The chocolate cherry have proved to be a late producing tomato, and are still ripening. Personally, I find the colour, while delightfully chocolatey, a little offputting! However, it does have some merit as a late cropper.

21 October 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Low Stanger Seed Trials September Update

Low Stanger Farm: The carrot trial has shown a clear ‘winner’ in the St Valery variety (Mole’s Seeds). They germinated well and have grown strongly all season. We never thin carrots, so the bunches are of variable size, but they are of good marketable size, and also good colour and great carroty taste! The Amsterdam trial also showed good germination, but they have not grown anything like as strongly. They are almost side by side in the same field.

20 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Community Farm field lab - second visit

The Community Farm: The Parsnip trial, sown 9 April, was overrun with weeds due to delays in field operations caused by the early cold weather and then the sudden change to warm dry conditions, leading to difficult choices having to be made about priority jobs. The varieties planted were Student and Imperial Crown. Control varieties are Tender & True and Pixie. No comparisons were possible and it was uncertain whether the crops could be rescued.

28 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Low Stanger seed trial update

Low Stanger Farm: Reasonable growing conditions have continued through August, although a couple of cool, wet and windy weeks did hold back growth of marketable crops, while creating the usual late season rash of weed seed germination!

28 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Low Stanger Farm - August update

Low Stanger Farm: As for most of the UK, we have had good growing conditions throughout June and July - a little dry towards the middle of July perhaps. The sprouts have got away well, but possibly are not performing quite as strongly as the usual organic F1 varieties that we normally use.

14 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Community Farm trials

The Community Farm: The trial site of the Community Farm at Chew Magna near Bristol is in the foot hills of the Mendips on a beautiful if somewhat exposed site overlooking Chew Valley Lake. Much of the produce grown is shared out to stakeholders and members, but there is also a large healthy wholesale side to the business which supplies several box schemes and large established outlets such as The Better Food Company set up by Phil Houghton.

16 July 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Seed trials at Low Stanger - first report

Low Stanger Farm: We changed from being non-certified organic to certified organic when we moved to Low Stanger from our small but well established market garden seven years ago. One of the biggest difficulties we had, technically, was choosing suitable seeds from a now exclusively organic list – in the past we had used a range of organic and non-organic varieties, favouring proven old favourites like the broad bean Dreadnought, and the the carrot Danver’s Half Long.

13 June 2013 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 1

First results from the Daylesford field labs

Daylesford Organic Farm: Daylesford are growing more than 20 varieties of heritage and open pollinated tomatoes as well as some more modern hybrids. There have been a number of sowings with different varieties featured in each, these will be available in the final report but this post will concentrate on the trial varieties.

30 May 2013 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 0

Seed variety trials are off to a great start!

Tolhurst Organic Produce: The seed variety trials at Tolhurst Organic Produce are well under way and are looking great! Different varieties of Brussels sprouts, leek and tomatoes are being compared and tested on their suitability for organic production in the UK and seed-saving.

24 May 2013 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 4

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